Those who know me well know that I have a thing for soul-soothing Asian noodle soups. And someone who does know me well enough, asked if I liked Qing Mu (267 E Paces Ferry Rd NE, Buckhead, Tel: 404.842.0006) the relatively new noodle soup house in Buckhead.
My answer was “yes.”
She then asked if I had read the reviews on Yelp.
My answer was “no.” My visits to the Yelp website are generally to retrieve addresses and phone numbers.
She claimed there is confusion among Yelpers as to what kind of soup is being served at this fun little Buckhead noodle soup shop. After skimming through the reviews, I agree, most Yelpers seem to believe they are eating Japanese ramen. One Yelper even typed that this was her first experience with pho.
Pho? Why some might mix these soups up with Japanese ramen is sort of understandable — this noodle house is attached to a sushi restaurant.
But pho? Oh well, at least she liked it.
Other Yelpers (mostly the Asian posters) know exactly what they are slurping at Qing Mu, and one poster in particular, Angel L., strikes the nail on the head as she explains “this is Chinese, more closely like Taiwanese noodles, not to be confused with Japanese ramen, which is oily which makes the flavor strong.”
In her post, Angel L. was smartly discrediting several previous Yelp reviews, which complained of blandness.
Like Angel L., I am a fan of this modern Chinese noodle soup shop. And, what’s not to like. Help yourself to pickled veggies and melt-in-your-mouth char siu. Veggies are still crunchy and fresh. And the price (around $10 for every bowl) isn’t bad considering the giant portions and the restaurant’s highfalutin buckhead address.
My only small complaint is with the inconsistency of the noodles. During most of my visits they were nice and toothy, perfectly cooked. But two other trips yielded noodles on the mushy side.
This noodle house does offer more than just soups. My favorite is the spicy green beans with Chinese sausage, though, a special of five-spiced ribs were finger-licking good. And that just seems to be the norm at Qing Mu — great food at an honest price.
I suspect Qing Mu will be around a very long time, serving this busy lunch area fun, inexpensive Chinese noodles, even if most don’t have the faintest clue as to what they are eating.
Where were places like Qing Mu when I lived in Buckhead?